Photos From The Road – The Beaches of Esperance
Esperance is a small, remote town on the southern edge of Western Australia. It’s a long way from anywhere at all really, being over 700 kilometres from Perth and almost 400 kilometres from Kalgoorlie.
Kalgoorlie itself is already an incredibly remote place, in the northern deserts and the coastal city of Albany, to the west, is another 400 kilometres away, making Esperance a rather isolated and hard to reach destination.
Yet despite its location – or perhaps because of it – Esperance still draws in a determined group of travellers looking to experience some of the best beaches to be found, not just in the state, but in the entire nation of Australia. These beaches are the attraction that draws in visitors from hundreds of kilometres away to this isolated town on the southern coast. And, I can tell you from experience, those beaches are absolutely incredible.
Esperance is home to some of the most pristine stretches of beach in the country. Mile after mile of white sands are found along the long coastline. From the beautiful beaches on the outskirts of the town itself to the spectacular, untouched landscapes of the Cape Le Grand National Park, a visit to Esperance will leave you in awe of the serene, natural beauty that’s found here.
I visited Esperance over a year ago, and searching back through old photos from my travels there in 2017 I realised that I’d never quite shown the true splendour of this place on the blog. Reminiscing far too much about this outrageously scenic destination, I decided it was time to put together this Photos From The Road special to not only take me back to the white sands of Esperance but to show all of you just why this remote Australian town is so special.
Here are my best photos from the beaches of Esperance, Western Australia!
Photos From The Beaches of Esperance
The Great Ocean Drive
I started my journey along Esperance’s coastline by road tripping the Great Ocean Drive. Many travellers to Australia will have heard of the country’s much more famous drives, such as the Great Ocean Road in Victoria or the long East Coast road trip itineraries, but few will have heard of the Great Ocean Drive. This is Esperance’s answer to the competition and although it’s short, it’s one of the most breathtaking drives in the world. It takes you along the stunning, rugged coastline that leads into the town itself, past white sand, huge, granite boulders and unbelievable natural scenery. It’s an incredible introduction to Esperance, but the best part about it is that the beaches you’ll see on the Great Ocean Drive aren’t even considered to be the best in the area.
Cape Le Grand
Cape Le Grand National Park is found just an hour’s drive away from Esperance, and really, it’s this diverse and wild national park that draws in the visitors. If you thought the Great Ocean Drive was scenic, and the beaches on the coast were spectacular enough, then just wait until you set foot on the sands of Cape Le Grand Beach. The sand here consists of some of the whitest silica in Australia, whiter and softer than anywhere I set foot on the East Coast. Cape Le Grand Beach stretches for kilometre upon kilometre, with little to obstruct you walking or driving – if you have a four by four – all along the coast. There’s a campsite overlooking the sand, and despite its popularity, there’s so much sand and space that you can always find a quiet spot.
Lucky Bay is found within Cape Le Grand National Park, and this sheltered, turquoise bay is the site of Esperance’s second best beach, and also some of the whitest sand in Australia. Lucky Bay is also known to be the home of a population of friendly kangaroos, who are so tame and used to humans that they sun themselves on the beach and wonder recklessly around the campsite. It’s a wonderful spot, and an excellent location to end this Photos From The Road episode on. Readers, I present to you Lucky Bay!
All Words and Photos by Richard Collett